Livermore on his way back

first_imgInjury may have ruined his 2015 season but that hasn’t stopped Jason Livermore from thinking big. Axed by a leg ailment during last year’s National Championship 100 metre final, the 27 year-old Livermore is already looking forward to this season’s Nationals. He says his coach, Michael Clarke, is helping him to get back to his best. A late developer, the powerfully built Livermore slowly improved after finishing fourth in the 2007 Boys and Girls’ Championships Class One 100 metre final won by Yohan Blake for St Jago High in the record time of 10.21 seconds. His patient work paid off in 2013 when he took a bronze medal in the 200m at the Central American and Caribbean Championships and reached the semis of the event at the World Championships in Moscow. He followed that with a solid 2014 campaign and a bronze in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games. Sadly, the progress stopped last year. Not long after he helped Jamaica to win the 4x200m at the IAAF World Relays, his dreams of running in Beijing at the World Championships were crushed by his injury at the Nationals. He isn’t looking back at that disappointment. “Things have been going great, thanks to God,” he said. “My coach is ensuring that I do the necessary things to get me back where I was and better than I was before.” His coach Michael Clarke had directed him to personal bests of 10.05 for the 100m and 20.13 seconds in the 200m in 2013. He knows that he may need to be better than he was before to qualify for the Jamaican team to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  In 2015, six Jamaicans ran faster than his 100m lifetime best and three surpassed his career best in the 200m. Livermore is undaunted and seems to relish the competition.   “Things are looking forward for now in the sprints because there are a lot of athletes in Jamaica, especially young sprinters,” he observed. “Looking at the sprints right now,”  he projected, “2016 Jamaica trials is going to be a very lovely.” His target is simple. “It has always been the same … just go to trials, make the finals and be in the top three,” he said.last_img read more

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LADIES UNDER 14 GAA PANEL ANNOUNCED

first_imgAfter 13 weeks of development training and 4 weeks of trials the following players have been selected for the Ladies under 14 County panel for 2012.They are –  Erica wilson,Zoe mc Glynn(Convoy) Lauren mc elwaine,Meabh mc Daid(Termon) Sarah Doherty,Katie o Donnell,Sadhbha Boyle,Aiobhan o Donnell(Niamh Mhuire) Emma Doherty,Realtin mc Elhinney(Moville) Lara Sweeney,Natasha Cole(Ardara) Megan mc Gee(Bundoran) Denise Breslin(St Nauls) Orlaieh Gillespie(Aodh Ruadh) Niamh mc Daid(Carndonagh) Racheal Gavigan,Courtney o Brein(Mc Cools) Aisling Jones(Naomh Columba) Mairead Coll,Aisling Howe,Caoimhe Walsh(Fanad Gaels) Grace Nolan,Chloe Masterson,Eimear mc Grory(Four Masters) Aisling mc Hugh,Lianne Boyce(Milford) Vannessa mc Hugh(Lifford) Niamh mc Granaghan(Robert Emmetts) Sinead mc Ginty(Glenfin) Mary T Doherty(Buncrana) Roisin mc Monagle,Vaukan Hassin(St Eunans)Training continues weekly at Aura in Letterkenny. LADIES UNDER 14 GAA PANEL ANNOUNCED was last modified: January 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ladies Under 14 GAA Panellast_img read more

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Kruger Park marks 110 years

first_imgAnimals have right of way on the roads ofthe Kruger Park. (Image: Mary Alexander,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morephotos, visit the image library.) A lilac-breasted roller in the Kruger Park.The Kruger is known for its spectacularbirding as well as game viewing.(Image: Mary Alexander,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morephotos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusThe flagship of the South African National Parks organisation celebrated 110 years of conservation over three weeks in June 2008. The world-renowned Kruger National Park, established in 1898, is the largest game reserve in South Africa and is now a part of the 35 000km² Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park with no internal borders that joins the Kruger to Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.The three-week-long celebration period, held in various places throughout the region, was planned to give as many people as possible the chance to join in the festivities.At the final ceremony in Skukuza, the Kruger’s main rest camp and administrative headquarters, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk and other dignitaries paid tribute to the park and to the people who have helped make it one of the country’s most valuable tourism assets as well as a respected contributor to conservation efforts over the years.“There is no doubt in my mind that the park holds a special place in everyone’s hearts,” said Van Schalkwyk, “and over the last 110 years it has become an icon for the country on many levels, including conservation, tourism and national pride”.The minister added that the park received over 1.3-million visitors during the last financial year. In 2003 the number of tourists to the park exceeded a million for the first time, a feat that has been achieved every year since then.Tackling the issue of global warming and how it affects the park, Van Schalkwyk explained that plans are in place to “assess how the planning, management and expansion of our national parks can build resilience to climate change. Increasingly, we are integrating a greater variety of habitats and altitudes that reduce the risks to endemic species into our protected areas design.”Celebrating natural and cultural diversityOther items at the Skukuza event included a drill demonstration by the Kruger Park ranger corps, performances by dancers of various cultures from around the park, a performance of the special Kruger Park song by the park’s own choir and the cutting of the birthday cake.The Kruger Park song, titled “Great Wilderness Great”, was commissioned especially for the event and was composed by songwriter Shalati Joseph Khosa of Ba-Phalaborwa. “The Kruger Park is a huge inspiration to me and I feel that it is one of our nation’s most valuable heritage assets, so it was a natural step for me to write this song,” said Khosa.During the course of the celebrations the South African Mint introduced the 2008 gold Krugerrand. The Krugerrand is a 22-carat gold coin weighing one troy ounce, with smaller denominations also available. The first coin was struck at the Mint in 1967.The 2008 coin was manufactured with an antique hand-press, used by former South African president Paul Kruger’s government-in-exile to create money during its hostilities with the British forces around the time of the South African War (1899 – 1902). The current edition features a “110 Years KNP” logo, and 110 of these coins have been allocated to Kruger Park visitors, who will obtain them on a first-come-first-serve basis by filling out an order form available at all entrance gates.As big as a countryCovering almost 19 000km², the Kruger National Park is comparable in size to the whole of Wales or Israel. It came into being in 1898 but was then known as the Sabie Game Reserve. Development came a standstill during the South African War, but afterwards the victorious British took up the reins again, tasking Major James Stevenson-Hamilton in 1902 with the responsibility of looking after the area.Stevenson-Hamilton, the first warden of the park, retired in 1946 after holding the post for 44 years. He is commemorated in the name of the park’s main rest camp Skukuza, which is a Xitsonga word meaning “he who sweeps clean” and refers to his tireless efforts to control poaching.The warden worked hard to gain official status for the park and in 1926 his efforts were rewarded when the government passed the National Parks Act and proclaimed the Kruger National Park, naming it after the president at the time, Paul Kruger.Stevenson-Hamilton was joined in 1902 by new assistant warden Harry Wolhuter, who famously survived an attack from two lions in 1904, armed with nothing more than a pocketknife. He killed the first lion with the weapon and his dog kept the second lion at bay until help arrived. The knife and the lion skin can be seen in the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Museum at Skukuza.Biodiversity hotspotAs well as now forming part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, the Kruger is also part of the Kruger to Canyons biosphere, an area designated as such by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation under its Man and Biosphere programme. Biosphere reserves are recognised internationally as important areas for conserving biological diversity and developing the necessary scientific and technical knowledge, as well as human values, for successful conservation efforts.The Kruger to Canyons biosphere, encompassing a remarkable 55% of South Africa’s total terrestrial biodiversity, is located in eastern South Africa and bridges the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. It contains a diversity of landscapes, ranging in altitude from more than 2km above sea level along the Drakensberg escarpment to 300m above sea level nearer the coast.The reserve is home to more than 1.5-million people, and in addition to accommodating a variety of animals including rare antelope such as Tsessebe, Sable and Roan, it is one of the few remaining viable habitats for the African wild dog, the continent’s most endangered predator.The Big Five and Little FiveKnown for spectacular sightings of the famous Big Five (African elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, leopard and black or white rhino), the Kruger Park offers incomparable game viewing, with about 145 animal species, 110 reptile species, and more than 500 bird species occurring in the area. In addition to the Big Five, all major African big game species are found here, including hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, warthog, many antelope species, and large carnivores including cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena.For those who enjoy a challenge, the area is also home to the Little Five (buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion and rhino beetle) and the birding Big Six (ground hornbill, kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and saddle-bill stork).The park is divided into six ecosystems: baobab sandveld, mopane scrub, lebombo knobthorn-marula bushveld, mixed acacia thicket, combretum-silver clusterleaf woodland on granite and riverine forest. Altogether it has 1 982 species of plants, some of which are the baobab, kiaat tree, fever tree, knobthorn, marula and mopane trees.The Kruger Park offers accommodation to suit the needs and preferences of just about anyone, ranging from five-star luxury to self-catering bungalows, tented camps, and caravans.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Useful linksThe Kruger National ParkSouth African National ParksKruger to Canyons biosphereGreat Limpopo Transfrontier ParkSouth African National ParksPeace Parks FoundationDepartment of Environmental Affairs and TourismSouth African MintRand Refinery (Krugerrand producer)last_img read more

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If You Are Waiting for Your Prospect to Get Back with You

first_imgI just turned in the manuscript to my second book, The Lost Art of Closing. The book will published on August 8th, 2017, less than 10 months after the release date of my first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need.The Lost Art of Closing is about gaining all the commitments you need to move from target to close, creating a preference for you and your solution the whole way through. One of the reasons I wrote this book is because too many salespeople struggle to gain the commitments they need. In many cases, they cede control of the process to their prospective client, hurting both parties in the process.Your prospective client tells you they’ll get back to you with a time for a follow up meeting. You agree, deciding it’s okay to wait for them to call or email you. You have lost control of the process. You are now working on your client’s timeline, and that means it’s going to take you longer to win their business—should they get back to you—and you are going to postpone the time it takes  to provide them with the best results to win.How about this one: Your prospect tells you to email them your proposal and pricing. You believe you are serving your prospective client by providing them with what they ask for. And then . . . nothing. Silence. Your phone calls aren’t returned, your emails garner no response. Your prospective client may be busy, and it is possible that something came up. It’s also possible that after looking at your pricing without you there to remind them of the value you create, they decided to do nothing. You might have produced a different outcome, but you would have had to do something different.Maybe you never emailed your pricing and proposal. You showed up, walked your dream client through the proposal, justified the delta between your price and what they were investing before. Then, as you were finishing, your dream client said, “We’d like to take a few days and look this over. We’ll get back to you.” Maybe they will. It’s possible. It sometimes happens. But maybe it won’t.If you are waiting for your dream client to get back to you, you have made a mistake. You didn’t gain the commitment you needed when you should have.last_img read more

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